Accidental Injury – a bodily injury resulting from external, violent, and unanticipated causes, especially caused by some external force or agency operating contrary to a person’s intentions, unexpectedly, and not according to the usual order of events

accidental injury:
(1800)

1. An injury resulting from external, violent, and unanticipated causes; especially, a bodily injury caused by some external force or agency operating contrary to a person’s intentions, unexpectedly, and not according to the usual order of events. [1]

1. An injury which occurs by accident, being undesigned and not anticipated, although it may result from a voluntary act.  Anno: 29 ALR 691; 39 ALR 871; 44 ALR 372; 56 ALR 1091; 90 ALR 620; 109 ALR 892; 166 ALR 469.

An injury  incurred in a  manner and by a for  that is unforeseen, undesigned, and unexpected, 29A Am J Rev ed Ins § 1166.

     The mere apprehension that an injury such as did occur was likely to occur in some indefinite time in the future does not deprive the actual occurrence of its accidental character.  58 Am J1st Workm Comp § 196. [2]

1. Physical injury which is unintended and unanticipated. [3]

      Excerpt from William Reynolds Vance’s Handbook of the Law of Insurance (1904):

     “An accidental injury is a bodily injury caused by some external force or agency, operating contrary to the intention of the insured, unexpectedly, and not according to the usual order of events.  The accident policy usually defines an accidental injury as one due to external, violent, and accidental causes. [4]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[4]: William Reynolds Vance, Handbook of the Law of insurance 5 232, at 566 (1904)

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